Cute pigs. Coconuts. Chickens and ducks...do I have your attention?
The Up Up! Film Fest explores themes of farming, land access, and rural livelihood and the connection of people to place.
The film fest is a project of the Greenhorns, a non-profit that supports young farmers in America. This festival has most recently been held at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference held in La Crosse, Wisconsin in February. It has also taken place in about dozen other cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Stories about the determination of Maine dairy farmers, the life of a coconut, the holiness of chocolate, a small town boot maker, and more will explore the relationships between people and the land and rural communities they steward.
Up Up! Decorah is a FREE festival thanks to the support of the following organizations:
- Winneshiek Energy District
- Seed Savers Exchange
- The Leopold Center for Sustainability
- Oneota Co-op
- Luther College
- Decorah Bank & Trust
- Art Haus.
Screenings take place at a variety of places and times during the ten day festival period. Below are a few events you won't want to miss:
Wednesday, April 13:
Thursday, April 14:
Friday, April 15:
Saturday, April 16:
Conscientious Carnivore Day. This day’s films tell about the animals that become meat and the people who raise them. From 1-2pm, Seed Savers Exchange will have a short film playing in their visitor’s center. T-Bock’s upstairs will host the rest of the films:
- 3:30 Sharecroppers
- 4:00 Pig Business
- 6:30 American Meat
- 8:30 Hana Ranch
Add a delicious grass-fed T-bock’s burger to the equation and you won’t want to leave!
Wednesday, April 20:
Rural Economies Day. Bring your lunch to the Oneota Co-op classroom at 12:15pm and enjoy a short about a small town boot-maker concerned about passing his trade to the next generation. At 6pm, T-Bock's upstairs will host two more films about rural business successes and challenges.
Saturday, April 23:
Land Access Day - Luther College's Center for Sustainable Communities will host an afternoon of film and conversation about land stewardship and access. Sustainable Iowa Land Trust co-founder Suzan Erem will present and facilitate discussion about land access for young farmers in Iowa. Join us in celebrating Up Up! Decorah at our finale potluck held at 6pm at the Co-op Classroom.
Find the full schedule of events click here.
Small towns, country churches, county fairs, folk dancing, quilt circles, frozen peas…none of it exists without farming! Let's celebrate.